THE COACH

MATT KELCHNER

13th year (82-45, all at CNU)

He emerged from the Allegheny foothills in northern Pennsylvania, a Winchester rifle for hunting season over his left shoulder and a football in his right arm — carried high and tight, the way his papa taught him. He ventured south into Colonial territory and stayed when he learned he didn't have to wear tri-corner hats or use looms. He cut his coaching teeth at William and Mary, a place where they had no business winning football games but did so anyway. Fueled by testosterone and subs from Paul's Deli, he learned about sacrifice and commitment until he was ready to strike out on his own. The ex-politician-turned-academic rainmaker hired him to start the program at CNU. All he's done there is win nearly two of every three games he's coached and 82.5 percent of the games in a conference that's wanted his big shiny program gone yesterday. Winning playoff games hasn't been easy, but what is? Besides, he'd rather do it the right way and sleep soundly than shelve his principles and dread the phone ringing. Don't tell him he can't get it done his way. The Winchester is always close at hand. Birdshot leaves a mark.

THE STANDOUTS

MARCUS MORRAST

Jr. | 5-10 | 175 | QB

Running back-turned-QB produced when he was inserted as starter midway through the season. Passed for 800 yards and nine TD, rushed for 578 yards and 11 TD. Improved accuracy (49.5 pct) will make him that much more effective.

EVAN MOOG

Sr. | 5-8 | 185 | LB

Team leader and top returning tackler with 104 total stops (10.5 TFL), just seven shy of single-season record held by current coordinator Justin Wood. Jamestown High product is smart, studious player rarely out of position.

PAUL DUKES

Soph. | 5-5 | 160 | RB

USA South Offensive Rookie of the Year didn't play until fourth game last season, but rushed for 773 yards and averaged 5.1 per carry. Had 200 yards total offense in debut, win versus Maryville. Became primary ballcarrier as season progressed.

THE SCHEDULE

Sept. 7 | at Salisbury | 6 p.m.

The Seagulls are ranked 16th in the D3football.com preseason poll and led by All-America DB Andre Carter. Salisbury ran past CNU 40-16 last season on the way to its third straight NCAA appearance.

Sept. 14 | Hampden-Sydney | 7 p.m.

The Captains' lost weekend in last year's meeting. The trip was bad and the game was worse, a 42-20 blowout, as H-S quarterback Nash Nance channeled Peyton Manning, throwing for 339 yards and 5 TD.

Sept. 21 | Shenandoah | 7 p.m.